Singletrack Sinema 3

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Britain does surprisingly well on the world downhill scene, given our lack of ‘proper’ mountains. Given that Brendan Fairclough hails from Surrey, a land that doesn’t have any mountains at all, he doesn’t do bad for a flatlander. Although, as you’ll see, it’s far from flat on his local trails.

Here’s a great video from the first of the Welsh Enduro Series rounds at Coed Y Brenin. Look at that sunshine!

It’s not always glory and Champagne though. SRAM’s video follows Brandon Semenuk and discovers what it’s like to go for the win and have to accept defeat

Oh, and as an aside, we have to show you the most dangerous 14 seconds you’ll have seen today!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osv7HUW7Dic

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (1)

    Breakdown of the Welsh Endro Vid:
    1min of people queuing for breakfast
    2mins of people making poor line choices in practice
    30 seconds of people actually racing !
    35 seconds of people on podiums.

    Summat wrong there…

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